Dear Rumpole - please post as soon as possible.
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of my devoted bailiff and dear friend Francisco "Tony" Escobar on October 30, 2013 after a battle with cancer. Tony served as my bailiff for the last 3+ years, and prior to that with Judges Norman Gerstein and Judy Kreeger. In total, Tony served nearly 28 years in our court system. There will be a Celebration of Life in honor of Francisco “Tony” Escobar on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. at Miami Lakes Baptist Church located at 6250 Miami Lakes Drive East, Miami Lakes, FL 33014. Tony’s favorite color was red, so please feel free to wear red in his honor.
In addition, please feel free to forward this information, as Tony impacted the lives of generations of people in the legal community.
If you have any questions, please call Janet Samper at (786) 412-0974.
BREAKING: SEAN TAYLOR JURY DELIBERATION PROBLEMS:
The jurors have not reached a verdict as of 12:15 Friday afternoon. And a statute book was located in the jury room. Recall that the jury's first question was to ask for a law book, and Judge Murphy told them to rely on the instructions. Well, somehow, someway, over the course of the last two days, some book ended up in the jury room.
Query: would you ask for a mistrial if you were the defense? Or is this your best shot at an acquittal/lesser? Tough call in this case. We will elaborate more when we have a moment.
Although we eschew public transportation in general, and commercial airline travel in particular, there is good news for those of you who stand in line like cattle, taking off your shoes, raising your arms over your head, spinning like a top, paying extra money to take you luggage with you and paying hundreds of dollars to squeeze into a middle seat that would even make Twiggy uncomfortable: you will now be able to keep reading your Kindle, watching your video, and playing games on your I-Pad for the entire duration of the flight. The FAA has decided that Angry Birds will not interfere with the flight controls of the 777 you are flying on.
VERDICT WATCH: We predict there will be a verdict today in the case involving the murder of Sean Taylor, and as long time and careful readers of the blog know, we eschew Friday verdicts whenever possible.
Enjoy your weekend. See You In Court.
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